Essay on The Demise Of New York City

767 Words Aug 26th, 2015 4 Pages
The demise of New York City’s OTB provided a salient example of how dramatically the gambling debate has changed over time. In its final days, there was some controversy surrounding whether OTB would be shut down. Governor Patterson argued that it was a “moral obligation” to keep the OTB in business in order to keep their 1,500 workers employed. Obviously, no one argued fifty years earlier, during the formation of OTB, that legalized horse betting was a moral obligation.
Public opinion regarding legalized gambling has obviously shifted over time. New Yorkers undoubtedly don’t long for the old days when gangs battled for control of the race wire. Likewise, gone are the days of rival syndicates battling for control of the numbers rackets. State operated lotteries have become so normalized that many people don’t even think of the lottery as gambling. Unlike the past, states are now collecting record-level revenues from lottery sales. As of 2014, 43 states have a state lottery and their total ticket sales account for $70.15 billion annually. Many states are even considering online lottery ticket sales after Illinois became the first state to do so in 2012.
This trend of state-operated lotteries began in 1964 in New Hampshire. At that point, it had been a full century before any state, other than Louisiana, had a lottery system. By 1975, ten states had followed New Hampshire’s example. That trend continued for a few obvious reasons, along with some other reasons that…

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